Considering LeBron is NIKE premiere athlete who is still playing, I figured they would move hell and high water to accommodate him, but alas according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, LeBron put the request in too late.
If Anthony Davis leaves in Free Agency next season, LeBron may never have to give up the number.
Due to production issues and the massive financial hit Nike would have absorbed from the No. 23 James inventory that’s already been produced, Nike could not accommodate the request for this season, sources said.
Out of consideration for fans who already purchased James’ jersey and to avoid distractions for a team competing for a championship, the Lakers star will bypass seeking the number change for this season.
The deadline was March 15th.
Flip the page for the ceremony LeBron had to give AD his number.